Islands

Bornholm Lose yourself in nature and nosh on this Baltic summer playground.

Møn Find lesser-visited approaches to the famous white cliffs of Møns Klint.

Læsø Check out salty traditions and unwind in a restorative salt bath.

Nyord Watch stars or birds from the free observation tower of this charming one-village getaway.

Ærø Cycle between character-filled towns rich in seafaring tradition.

Fanø Observe the metaphorical distance between industrial Esbjerg and beguiling Fanø.

Rømø Choose your pace – gentle (horse riding) or wind-whipped (blokarts and kite buggies).

Mandø Take a tractor ride to this tiny island in the Wadden Sea National Park.

Viking History

Roskilde Compare the museum’s five genuine Viking ship remains with seaworthy reconstructions moored outside.

Lejre Explore the fascinating experimental archaeology centre ‘Land of Legends’.

Ladby Discover an unearthed ship grave, where a chieftain was laid to rest in a splendid warship.

Trelleborg See an enigmatic circular fortress constructed in the 10th century and built to a precise mathematical plan.

Ribe An informative museum as well as a fun village recreation – with warrior training!

Jelling The royal seat of King Gorm during the Vikings’ most dominant era.

Aalborg The atmospheric Viking burial ground at Lindholm Høje.

Copenhagen Rune stones and unearthed Viking loot on show at Nationalmuseet.

Fabulous Food

Copenhagen For any Scandi-related edible your appetite may desire – old-school, new-school, Michelin-starred.

Knuthenlund Taste award-winning organic cheeses while watching through big glass windows as the sheep are milked to produce more.

Steensgaard If you eat meat, ensure that you’re consuming products from ‘loved’ local cattle at this rural farm-cafe with on-site butchery.

Bornholm Stays true to its roots with fish smokehouses, but adds to its arsenal with an ever-expanding league of food artisans.

Skagen Check out fish auctions and peel-your-own prawns on the docks, or indulge in fancy-pants dining.

Aarhus Denmark’s second-largest city is no slouch, with an ever-growing dining scene and awesome new food halls.

Funen Rolling pastures and orchards (and roadside produce stalls) in the fertile 'garden of Denmark'.

Family Attractions

Copenhagen Start with headliners like Tivoli amusement park and Den Blå Planet aquarium.

Billund Plastic-fantastic Legoland, with Lalandia water park as its neighbour, plus the brilliant new Lego House.

Odense The city that gave birth to children’s literature by way of Hans Christian Andersen.

Vordingborg Let the kids loose at a museum where they can hunt down ghosts amid castle ruins.

Randers Home to a magnificent man-made rainforest full of critters.

Djursland A family mecca overflowing with amusement parks, theme parks, safari parks and beaches.

Lolland Home to another water park and one of northern Europe’s best safari parks.

Outdoor Activities

Copenhagen City jogging tours, cycling tours and kayaking tours, plus stylish swimming spots on the main canal.

Lake District Rolling hills, beech forest, lakes and rivers – and canoe-hire places ready to build you a paddling itinerary.

Bornholm An island full of cycling trails and worthy destinations to cycle between.

Hvide Sande Learn to coach those wild winds into windsurf sails and kites, or waterski a fun course.

Rebild Bakker Walking trails and mountain-bike tracks in rolling rural forests.

Klitmøller Waves to conquer and winds to tame thanks to surfing and windsurfing schools.

Rømø Horse rides along the island’s shoreline, or kite buggies and blokarts zipping across the sand.

Svendborg Sail the South Funen Archipelago on an old wooden sailing ship.

Wadden Sea National Park Bird-watch, harvest oysters and explore mudflats in this fun natural playground.

Møn Hiking the extensive web of Camønoen trails is a great way to see the island.

Esrum Sø Go kayaking or boating on the lake then meander the nearby woodland trails of glorious Gribskov.

Architecture & Design

Copenhagen The architecture and design mother lode. Modern architectural marvels include the Black Diamond library extension, Operaen, and contemporary art museums such as Arken and Louisiana.

Amager Bakke This mad-genius waste-to-energy plant in the capital will soon feature an artificial ski slope and hiking on its roof.

Aalborg A striking waterfront centre designed by and dedicated to Jørn Utzon, plus an art museum designed by Finnish great Alvar Aalto.

Kolding The Trapholt modern art and design museum is a gem, and incorporates Arne Jacobsen’s one-of-a-kind prototype summerhouse.

Tønder A converted water tower showcases the fabulous chairs of home-grown design hero Hans Wegner.

Aarhus A modernist, Jacobsen-designed town hall, an art museum topped by a rainbow walkway, and apartments that resemble an iceberg.

Bilund Behold the new Lego House – a genius design that resembles a stack of gigantic Lego bricks.

Helsingør A new design from the prolific Bjarke Ingels – this one a maritime museum cleverly built in and around a dry dock.